OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex laxiflora   FAMILY Cyperaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex laxiflora +   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-069:
Carex laxiflora   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Carex laxiflora var. laxiflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Broad Loose-flowered Sedge


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image of Carex laxiflora, Broad Loose-flowered Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm060429_004

April    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Culms 30-50cm tall, narrowly wing-angled. Blades 2.5-15mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Carex laxiflora, Broad Loose-flowered Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm220419_6921

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

image of Carex laxiflora, Broad Loose-flowered Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm220419_6921b

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

Spikes scattered, loosely flowered; staminate spike prominently exserted, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Carex laxiflora, Broad Loose-flowered Sedge

JK Marlow    jkm220419_6922

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

Leaf blades ascending, midrib and 2 lateral veins developed, occasionally slightly corrugated, per Flora of North America.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Carex laxiflora   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carex laxiflora +   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 030-17-069:
Carex laxiflora   FAMILY Cyperaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Carex laxiflora var. laxiflora

 

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2063

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Habitat: In a wide range of moist to dry, acidic to nutrient-rich forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 3-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Unisexual
Perianth absent
3 stamens
Superior ovary

Inflorescences: spikes (terminal staminate, overtopped by 3-5 lateral pistillate

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Nutlet

 

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